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How to Enable AirPrint Service on Mac OS X 10.6.5?

Apple introduced AirPrint feature in iOS 4.2 which allows you to print your documents, photos, emails, web-pages etc wirelessly (over a Wifi connection) with your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Apple removed AirPrint support in Mac OS X 10.6.5 (Snow Leopard) at the last stage before its launch because of some technical or patent issues. Following guide will allow you to activate AirPrint feature on OS X 10.6.5 for using shared printing on your iOS device.

AirPrint Mac OS X How to Enable AirPrint Service on Mac OS X 10.6.5?

Steps to Enable AirPrint Feature on OS X 10.6.5

  1. Make sure that your system is updated to latest Mac OS X 10.6.5
  2. Download the AirPrint Activation files given here and copy them into following three specific system locations:
    • Copy file urftopdf to location /usr/libexec/cups/filter/
    • Copy file apple.convs to location /usr/share/cups/mime/
    • Copy file apple.types to location /usr/share/cups/mime/
    • * Overwrite any existing files if prompted.

  3. Go to system preferences and delete your saved printer.
  4. Restart your Mac.
  5. Re-add any printers you want to share.

That's it! Enjoy the wireless printing experience on your iOS device. [via lifehacker]

Update1: How to Enable AirPrint Service on Windows 7/Vista/XP (32-bit/64-bit)?

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    David1 year, 9 months ago

    I have the instructions for iMac but can not find the folders listed in the instructions, can anybody help!!!Leave a message…

    Traj3 years, 4 months ago

    I found this, but I am using 10.6.8. I did everything as described by showing hidden files and then making the changes.

    I still cannot print though. I wonder if the upgrade to OS is the reason.


    Fourline3 years, 7 months ago

    Look for the download for AirPrint activator. I have downloaded this on my Mac and it does it all for you. All you do is add you printer and you are good to go. No small print to deal with. I have it on my Mac pro and have a cannon pima running. I found it at cnet.

    Bill C3 years, 8 months ago

    Excellent. i’ve got it set up on an iMac and two MacBook Pro’s and printing from both iPad and iPhone 4.

    I haven’t attempted a Windows machine but that is my next try.

      Waqar1 year, 11 months ago

      If yo have tried it on Windows, plz let me know how did you do this. I am failed actually. 

        Waqar Hussain1 year, 9 months ago

        I am also failed…

    Brian3 years, 8 months ago

    Amazing job! Thanks! Works perfectly using PDF Expert.

    Danger2473 years, 11 months ago

    How do I uninstall this mess. It worked for one printing. Now I cannot print anything on my computer. It says they printer software was installed incorrectly.

    Bill C3 years, 11 months ago

    I meant “urftopdf”

    Bill C3 years, 11 months ago

    You’ll need to start terminal
    run the command su – which will prompt for your admin password
    type cd /usr/libexec/cups/filter/
    type rm urotopdf hit enter
    This will remove the old file
    now open the folder where your downloaded files
    type “p (drag the file to the terminal window to get the correct path) “file name” and hit enter

    Once you’ve copied the file, navigate to the below directories and do the same

    Delete your printer
    reinstall and share printer
    viola! You have airprint

    Bill C3 years, 11 months ago

    Works awesome! Thank you for the tutorial. I’m printing from my iPhone 4. la la la!!

    Pat Slice3 years, 11 months ago

    i apologize if i sound dumb, but i still don’t get it. is someone willing to do a step-by-step?

    Don3 years, 11 months ago

    My airprint works perfectly only when the laptop where I installed the files is turned on. When that laptop is turned off airprint does not work. Is this they way it is for everybody?

      Diana3 years, 11 months ago

      I am experiencing the same thing. Kind’a lame since I could just print stuff out my laptop but the hack is better than nothing, I guess.

    wilsonics3 years, 11 months ago

    This is awesome, if your printer is connected to your computer. I have my printer connected to my Airport Express base station. Any hack for that? Many thanks to the submitter for the great hack.

    Sean3 years, 12 months ago

    Will this work with network printers? I’ve followed the directions to a T but keep getting “No Pritners Found” when attempting to print an email.

      Sean3 years, 11 months ago

      I did get it to work, make sure the printer is shared. But I did have kernel panic this morning.

    Jeremy Little3 years, 12 months ago

    Perfect! Works like a charm. Thank you!

      Farzad3 years, 12 months ago

      So I have read this thread and I am still at a loss. Jeremy, what did you do exactly? Does it work? Thanks, FRN

    jean4 years ago

    It works, but everything gets printed in a small square area in the center of the page :(

    Steve V4 years ago


    Garance Drosehn4 years ago

    I haven’t tried the instructions yet, but /usr means /usr. Literally.

    This from a unix prompt:

    (11) # ls -l /usr/libexec/cups
    total 0
    drwxr-xr-x 17 root wheel 578 Nov 23 00:38 backend/
    drwxr-xr-x 7 root wheel 238 Nov 22 22:39 cgi-bin/
    drwxr-xr-x 6 root wheel 204 Nov 22 22:39 daemon/
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root wheel 102 Jun 3 00:21 driver/
    drwxr-xr-x 32 root wheel 1088 Nov 22 22:39 filter/
    drwxr-xr-x 4 root wheel 136 Nov 22 22:39 monitor/
    drwxr-xr-x 4 root wheel 136 Nov 22 22:39 notifier/

      Jeremy Little4 years ago

      So is this something I can only get to using Terminal or how do I find these locations?

        ffd4 years ago

        Just use the finder Go To Folder command (Shift+Command+G)

        Jon R4 years ago

        These system folders are hidden by OS X. If Terminal is a bit hard for you, use the finder! Finder (the face in your dock)->Go->Go to folder…->/usr replace usr with whatever folder you need to go to.

    Jeremy Little4 years ago

    Am I missing something? These folders don’t exist on my machine.
    I’m assuming “usr” is supposed to be my user name right?
    If those folders don’t exist am I supposed to create them? A little help here.

      David1 year, 9 months ago

      Hi Jeremy, I have the same problem – did you get an answer?

        Marcin A Komorowski1 year, 8 months ago

        Hi David. On any unix based operating system (this includes OSX) a leading ‘/’ indicates the “Root” of the file system (the highest possible point in directory tree on your boot hard drive).”/usr” means literally “usr” named directory in the root (do not replace with user name).As Jon R mentioned above, /usr is hidden by Finder in OSX.  You have to either use the command line instructions (i.e. open a Terminal), or follow Jon R’s instructions, 3 posts above, for telling Finder explicitly to go to “/usr” directory.

          David1 year, 8 months ago

          Thanks Marcin, I haven’t had the chance to try this yet but will eventually. Thanks for your help.